Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mutter Paneer Masala | Lowfat | Restaurant Style

Know What You Eat: Have you made anything from scratch that you normally bought premade? Was it worth the effort and cost savings? Making cheese from scratch was really easy, there’s nothing technical about adding vinegar or lime juice to boiling milk and letting it separate, tie and for an hour and paneer is ready. As I continued to visit many other blogs including non-Indian bloggers, I heard them raving about paneer and was totally zapped looking at their step by step presentation with such big and beautiful pictures, it inspired me so very much, I quickly ran into the kitchen and made this authentic, smooth, creamy, soft, silk like taste and texture HIT paneer in bulk, and stock it for later use..Of that Mutter Paneer Masala was the latest creation last week in my kitchen using the SUPER HIT how to make paneer recipe. And here I am to share with you guys..Though it contains reasonably good amounts of fat and cholesterol. It would be better to avoid it for those with hypertension and diabetes due to its high fat content. Paneer, unlike other cheeses, has not been matured and it is rather bland. While making paneer from milk, don't throw away the paneer water. This nutritious water can be used for making soft dough for chapattis or can be used to cook dals.
Quick Tip: For best texture, taste and health use 1% pasteurized milk with salt added.I bet you will love it..

Mutter Paneer,Panner mutter

Recipe: Mutter Paneer Masala | Lowfat | Restaurant Style
Serves: 4                   Cooking time: about 25 minutes                    Preparation Time: 15 minutes 

  • 2 C Fresh Paneer cubes (Readymade or Homemade)
  • 1/2 C Fresh frozen peas, boiled
  • 4 Tomatoes,chopped (choose red ripe tomatoes)
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger, grated
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves,chopped
  • 2-3 Green Chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick, broken into halves
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Pods Cardamom
  • 4-5 Blackpepper corns, whole
  • 1 -1/2 tsp Coriander seeds, whole
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped 
  • 1/2 C Yogurt
  • 1/4 C Lowfat Milk OR Light Cream | Half & Half (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil | Cooking Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Kasoori Methi

Mutter Paneer,Panner mutter

  • Soak paneer cubes into lukewarm water for about 15 minutes. This process makes the paneer even soft.
  • Dry roast cinnamon, whole pepper corns, cloves, cardamom, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, as the aroma starts to linger, take it off the heat, let it cool a while and powder it in a coffee grinder. Keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a wok, add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, and cook until golden brown, then add chopped tomatoes. Cook for another 5 mins. Switch off the gas. Let it cool and blend it in a blender and sieve it if needed for smooth texture.
  • In the same wok heat 1 Tbsp of Oil, add this puree, and dry roasted powder, and sauté it until you see oil separates from the gravy, and it thickens, use little water if you think the gravy is too thick.
  • To this gravy add boiled peas, along with salt, sugar, rest of powder ingredients and yogurt. Mix it thoroughly and again let it cook for another 3-4 mins.
  • Now add squeezed paneer cubes in this gravy and stir it without breaking paneer pieces. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Once cooked, add light cream, or half and half along with palm pressed kasoori methi.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Puri's, Wholewheat Ajwain Paratha , Wholewheat Roti | Phulka OR desired bread.

Raw Banana & Peas Stuffed Paratha

Know What you Eat: Thinking of a stuffed paratha to put in a breakfast/dinner plate today?? Try this one, wholesome healthy, nutritious and filling start to the day wholewheat raw banana and peas paratha.. Parathas(flatbreads) like such generally stuffed with variety of stuffings like Paneer, Potatoes, Lentils, Radish, Spinach or any other combination of vegetables mixed with spices are so versatile that they can be perfect for Lunch, Brunch or Dinner, whether served with a curry, chutney, ketchup or even plain Yogurt! Raw Banana is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.as compared to POTATOES.

stuffed paratha

Raw Banana & Peas Paratha Recipe: 
Makes 6-8 Parathas| Stuffed Flat Bread

For the dough:

  • 3 C Wholewheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt , and water to knead a dough
For stuffing: 
  • 3 Raw Cooking Banana, boiled & mashed 
  • 1 C Peas, boiled & coarsely mashed
  • 1 Tbsp coriander, finely chopped
  • 3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2" Ginger,finley chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Mango powder (Amchur powder)
  • 2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar (optional)
  • Ghee (clarified butter) or Oil for applying on both sides of paratha.
  • ** Salt to taste**
  • Mix together salt, flour & oil, then add enough water to make a stiff dough, keep it aside for atleast 15 min.
  • Mix together all the ingredients in a wide bowl.
  • Divide the dough in small balls. Then roll out each ball into a not too thin disc or a chapati on a floured board.
  • Spread the above prepared mixture on one round flatbread(roti) and cover with another round roti.
  • Seal the edges nicely, sprinkle a little dry flour on top, then roll out the paratha as thinly and as roundly as you can, being careful not to break it.
  • Grease a smoking tava or a griddle with ghee and place the paratha over it, keep a watch turnover when its little golden brown in color, apply ghee on the top and turn over.
  • Press gently and spread some ghee over this side too. Keep turning untill parathas turn golden brown or done.
  • Serve it hot with green coriander chutney, ketchup, achar or "evergreen" a bowl of seasoned yogurt.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quinoa Payasam | Vegan | High Protein | Dessert

Know What You Eat: Looking for Healthy Nutritious Vegan version of Payasam/Kheer. Check this out. It has twice the protein of regular cereal grains, contains less carbohydrates, more healthy fats, fiber, phosphorus, calcium and is high in iron. A complete Gluten Free Vegetarian Grain. Lets discuss about the recipe, I saw this first at Shanavi's blog Kitchen Secrets and wanted to try ever since, though some changes were made like I used cracked wheat instead of Sabudana (Tapioca) added almonds and coconut milk according to our diet and it just turned out very well.

Quinoa Payasam

Quinoa Payasam Recipe : Adapted With Changes From Kitchen Secrets

  • 1/4 C Quinoa
  •  1/3 C Split Chickpea (Channa dal)
  • 1/4 C Cracked/Broken Wheat
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C Jaggery  (acc to taste)
  • 2 C Light Coconut Milk (Almond milk is good too)
  • Cardamom powder A  pinch
  • Nutmeg Powder  A pinch

For garnish
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Cashews, broken
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Almonds,coarsely powdered
  • 2 Tbsp  Chironji seeds (Botanical name = Buchanania latifolia Roxb)
  • 1 Tbs Raisins
  • Wash Quinoa as per the instructions  mentioned in the back of the cover. Soak Quinoa for 15 minutes separately. Soak the channa dal and cracked wheat for 15 minutes as well. 
  • Pressure cook the channa dal along with cracked wheat for 2 whistles. ( U may do this as a stove top process as well . But that's very time consuming. )
  • Cook quinoa with enough water until they fall flat. Will definitely take 10 to 12 minutes to cook.
  • Once its cooked, with no water left, transfer the cooked dal + cracked wheat mixture to the cooked quinoa . Combine well. Add in coconut milk,  jaggery, cardamom & nutmeg powder  and mix well. Cover the pan 3/4 th so that the jaggery melts and incorporates with the payasam. Bring the payasam to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes and switch off.
  • Dry Roasted nuts / raisins separately to a golden brown color. Add  nuts mixture to the payasam and serve warm.. 

Eggless Nutritious Oats Fruit & Nut Scones

Know What You Eat:  Whole grains one like Oats, play an essential role in promoting your overall good health. Aside from fiber, whole grains can also provide you with a number of essential vitamins and nutrients, including folate, iron, magnesium, selenium, thiamine and riboflavin. Eating the recommended three servings of whole grains each day can also help reduce your chances of developing several serious diseases, such as heart disease, and might help with maintaining a health weight. It also lowers the risk of developing heart disease, Promotes satiety, which is important for weight management maintains healthy blood pressure, as well as keeps you regular..
Nutty Fruity Oats Scones


1/2 C Almond flour  ( almonds can be powdered in grinder )
1 C Quick cooking oats
1/2 C Whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 C Oats Flour
3/4 C Yogurt OR Apple sauce
1/2 C Candied Fruits (Tutty fruity)
2 Tbsp Mixed Nuts, roughly chopped
1  tsp Baking soda
1- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
3/4 C Melted Butter
1 C Brown Sugar ( add more acc. to taste ) can also be replaced by honey.
Few drops of Mixed Fruit /Vanilla Extract (essence)


1.. Add quick cooking oats, almond flour, whole wheat pastry flour in a bowl, add sugar, baking soda, baking powder, butter and candied fruits to the flours and mix until the flour mixture start turning like crumbs.

2.. Now slowly add yogurt or apple sauce and knead everything as a dough.
3.. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F
4.. Sprinkle some flour over a plastic sheet, place the dough over the flour and roll the dough as a disc or thick roti, add few more nuts & tutty fruity chunks over the dough, press with hands.

5.. Now cut this disc into 8-10 triangles.
6.. Bake this scones for 15-20minutes or until its turns pinkish brown, done..Enjoy warm or cold with tea as a quick breakfast, anytime healthy and guilt free snack.